(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — JANUARY 3, 2019 — Kevin “Brandino” Brandon is back! After his near death experience where he says he, “saw the light,” Brandino has been working hard in physical therapy at Kaiser Permenanente. He is currently working on getting out of his wheel chair and using two canes. He’s up to one thousand steps and pushing to get stronger everyday.
Brandino is working on so many projects. Its’s hard to go into detail on each one. Kevin will be attending NAMMM this year. This is the annual National Association of Music Merchants event held at the Anaheim Convention Center. This event is the worlds largest trade show for music products and pro audio. If Brandino is attending NAMM 2019, it means that he has a project to promote. Stay tuned for details.
Brandino is a Grammy winning producer, composer, arranger, and bassist. He also plays jazz flute. Brandino has created music for many TV shows. Brandino created a tune called “Singularity,” which was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album of the Year in 2011. Brandino recorded this with Robby Krieger of the Doors. Brandino has worked with Aretha Franklin, Ty Dolla $ign, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige. Brandino is known as a hard worker, a teacher and a living legend. Check out the link to Brandino’s website to read his incredible story;
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — NOVEMBER 27, 2018 — Steel Drum Orchestra,“Pan Rocks” is headed to the studio the end of November to record its tribute to RUSH. Modern Prog-Rock drum legend Mike Portnoy(Sons OfApollo, Winery Dogs)will handle the drumming duties. Guitarist Pete Thorn (ChrisCornell) and BassistPhillip Bynoe (Steve Vai)will round outthe band.
“We’ve got an amazing band lined up”, says producer Matt Starr, “this is the perfect lineup to pay tribute to the mighty RUSH.”
Pan Rocks is a 50 to 100plus piece steel drum orchestra,founded by rock steelpannistTracy Thornton. The RUSH recording is a followup to the 2017 Pan Rocks Project, LAwhich featured the music of Led Zeppelin, KISS,and Jane’s Addiction, allperformed by the steel drum orchestra and a band consisting of Billy Sheehan(Mr. Big, Sons Of Apollo),Stephen Perkins(Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros),TraciiGuns(L.A. Guns), and Bruce Kulick(KISS,Grand Funk Railroad).
Thornton has once again called on Matt Starr(Mr. Big,Ace Frehley) to produce the newproject. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help Tracy realize his vision for this amazing project,” says Starr. “Hearing 50 steel pan drummers play RUSH is just mind blowing. I can’t wait for everyone else experience it.”
The Pan Rocks Orchestra is made up of steel pannists from around the world. “I’m excitedto have the opportunity to celebrate the music of RUSH, the band that inspired me to become a musician in the first place,” said Tracy Thornton. “Our crowdfunding campaign will give the fans an opportunity to get involved. Plus, we have some very cool, interactive, and exclusive rewards planned.”
Regarding the future of the project, Thornton says, “My goal is to keep pushing the boundaries and highlighting the capabilities of steelpan instrument in the rock and roll genre, and reach more music enthusiasts. Ultimately, we are working towards a touring show with both Western and traditional Trinidadian Carnival elements.”
The recording will take place at El Dorado Studios in Los Angeles. The project will be mixed by Smiley Sean (APC,MötleyCrüe),and mastered by Grammy Award Winning Mastering Engineer Dave Collins (Metallica,The Police).
(Hollywood, California) Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running free weekly show presents a unique concert event called “Glam-A-Rama” this coming Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at The Whisky A Go Go. The show is free to anyone 21 and over.
Designed to recall the height of 1970’s Glam Rock period and will feature songs, bands, and artists with an entwined connection to the period.
Featured performers include The Sweet. Led by Steve Priest, the band created worldwide hits such as “Ballroom Blitz”, “Fox on the Run” and “Love is Like Oxygen”that became anthems of the era. Also participating will be Don Bolles from 70’s era band The Germs who will act as the evening’s DJ spinning songs between live music segments.
The night will feature artists from numerous bands including modern glam-influenced artist Beck Black of the Linda Perry–produced band JYNX; premiere tribute artists RG Stewart who portrays Rod Stewart, Julian Shah-Tayler who portrays David Bowie, and Kenny Metcalf who portrays Elton John.
With a goal of literally re-creating a 70’s era theme club, the night will be presented as a total concert experience giving the audience the feeling that they’ve stepped completely back-in-time.
Attendees are encouraged to dress in Glam era clothing and makeup, and various prizes will be awarded to those who do.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — NOVEMBER 26, 2018 — Two members of our musical family: Robbie Gennet & Heather Lounsbury have been victims of the Woolsley Fire. Both have lost everything that they own! We’d like to help them to to rebuild their lives. We’re setting up donation boxes for them.
Wednesday November 28th, 2018 at our Soundcheck Live Show located at Lucky Strike Live. We’re asking for donations in the form of cash or gift cards. Both Heather & Robbie are very kind and wonderful people who have given their time to entertain us on countless occasions. Robbie & Heather both will be performing at our Soundcheck Live show this coming week.
Below are their Go Fund me links in case you can’t make it to the show.
No amount is too small. THANK YOU!
Heather Lounsbury (aka Heather Lou) had literally just moved into her dream home just a few days before the fire broke out she lost everything in the fire! Heather is the lead vocalist for Blonde Day & No Duh is an incredible performer! She doesn’t just sing, she
gives all of herself to her audience. She’s one of the sweetest people your ever know! She is both beautiful, smart and so giving as an artist. Thru all of this she is been keeping her amazing spirit on a high note.
Heather shops at: Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, Target, Guitar Center, Amazon, Bloomingdales & Sephora. She likes to shop at local stores too: Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic, The Room at the Beach shop in Malibu Country Mart, Bu Beach House at Trancas
Robbie Gennet has performed with Everclear & Lisa Marie Presley. He is a multi-instrumentalist who’s is also an accomplished solo artist. Robbie is a family man with two young sons ages 2 and 7 along with his very sweet girlfriend, Liz who were all living together before they lost everything. Robbie is a fun loving great guy and has been extremely positive given his situation.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — NOVEMBER 26, 2018 — California Bitches is the latest rap project from up and coming indie horror movie director, Dustin Ferguson. A quick check of his IMDb shows that’s he’s known for producing, directing, and editing sequels and remakes of old horror films like “Sleepaway Camp”. Dirty D is Dustin’s MC persona. Dustin says that although California Bitches may sound misogynist, the lyrics are a metaphor.
The title track comes right out and calls California Bitches “witches”. If one is to not take the lyrics seriously, it seems that Dirty D is using exaggeration for effect. This is a rap song with “Old Skool Beats, New Skool Beats, What’s the difference? Same to me” in sotto voce playing in the background. This track really comes to life in the remix. Track 10 reassembles California Bitches with a funky bass and guitar intro. Dirty D’s raps are tight! Track 11 remixes California Bitches into a trippy remix that is almost unrecognizable.
The track called, “Can’t Stop Me Now” is fun! I can hear Dirty D in the mix rapping about his successes. The layered synthesizers are backed by the drum machines and the vocal samples.
Track 6 is “Nasty”. Dirty D is smoking blunts, and rapping to the people who have pissed him off. This is ghetto rap for the Indie Horror set! It’s meant to be fun while going dangerously close to sounding misogynist. If you’ve ever had a chance to watch a slasher film, you’ll see a similar air of disregard for politcal correctness. Dirty D fits in with the Post Malone era of rapping to a subset who are in on the joke. While some may see the lyrics as derogatory, Dirty D produces this music to express his sardonic view on California.
Here’s a recent video from Dirty D
You can buy your physical copy of the CD by sending $10 (+$5 U.S. S/H or $10 Non-U.S.) PayPal to: RetroHorrorRemix@gmail.com
Los Angeles based designer and boutique owner Karen Michelle in association with LYB Events, Destiny Candle, Madam Norma Jean, Mickey Fine Pharmacy and Grill, Softweb America, Cali Distillery, Jackels Collection Beverly Hills, Aleksandra Kulmaticki JP Morgan, Coco Taps, Annipuf, and LRM Publicity present the “6th Annual Love Your Body Fashion Show and Shopping Event.” This much anticipated event is the event of the season and has over a thousand RSVPs!
Press check-in is 3:00pm, the Red Carpet starts right on the dot 3:05pm and the Fashion Show starts at 4:00 pm. Confirmed celebrity runway models include: Chloe Noelle (True Blood, & New Girl), Jordyn Curet (Bizaardvark, Child Support ABC), Calah Lane (Kidding), Somali Rose (Raven’s Home), Emmy Perry (Mermaids are Real), Kiana Lyz River (Miss SD Plus America), Kennedy Madison (Seize the Moment), Zaria Kelley (Mirrors), Stacia Gates (Artquench), Samantha Gangal (OMG!), Brooklyn Robinson (Pineapple), Isabella Leon (The Good Church), Ainsley Ross (Should I do it?), Kacey Fifield (Game Shakers), Mahkenna Tyson (A Father’s Journey), ELS (Second Chance at Faith), Natasha Blasick (Jean Claude Van Johnson), Terri McDonald (KTLA 5 Morning News), Tara Cardinal (Spreading Darkness), Nataliyajoy Prieto (Spreading Darkness) among others. Confirmed celebrity guests for the red carpet include: Marcus LaVoi (Den of Thieves), Laura & Sarah Bellini (Trust), Jax Malcolm (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Connor Dean (9-1-1), Alyssa De Boisblanc (Modern Family),Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Neil D’Monte (Batman v Superman), Laura Sharpe (Founder and President of Artists For Trauma), Stephanie Rachel (Director of Social Media, Artists for Trauma), actress/models Vanessa Osman, Janelle Hinshaw, Cassandra Tang, Lilian Raven (Founder of Lilian Raven clothing), Kiaundra Jackson, Monica Zaragoza (Ms. California Elite World), Dr. Dawn Mooney (Miss California Alta Dena 2019), Kendal Brenneman (Model/Actress), Matt & Mark Harris (Storage Wars), and many more.
About Love Your Body:
#LYBevents is a beauty festival designed to empower all women and girls of all shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicities. This one-day event will host celebrities, social media influencers, fans, and brands to celebrate, “All Things Beauty Inside and Out!” The full event runs from 10:30am- 6:00pm includes shopping, celebrity fashion show, and dessert party. The celebrity host(s) for #LYBevents are Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Kiana Lyz Rivera 2019 Miss San Diego Plus America, Melody Trice (The Melody Trice Show). Featured Designers include: Karen Michelle, Jinza Bridal, Klara Designs, Orange Creek, Melanie Henderson, Stella & Dot, Papillon, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Graffiti Gloss, Sophii Michii, Pinky Rose, Madam Norma Jean, More Rockin, and Bubblegum Shoes. Honorary charities include: Artists for Trauma, Safe Passage, Jewish Queer International and Sharsheret. #LYBevents
More info here:
About Karen Michelle:
Karen Michelle is a noted fashion designer and retailer on fashionable Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles that caters to women and girls of all sizes and shapes. She felt the desire to enable women and girls of all sizes and shapes to feel beautiful inside and out and decided what better way than to let them all walk a runway. She came up with the concept of her “Love Your Body” event 6 years ago and went out on a mission to make her dream event and fashion show into a reality.Over the years, Karen has grown her “LYB” event from 100 attendees to well over 600 with countless celebrities in attendance walking her red carpet and even making appearances in her runway shows. Karen chooses a very special charity to involve for each and every event. Karen takes great pride in being able to give back to the community and continues to do so in her own whimsical and eclectic fashion creations catering to modern, modest women and girls around the world. She also has a popular line called Destiny Candle by Karen Michelle that she created that has been featured on the Ellen Show, The Hallmark Channel and many other media outlets.
Multi award-winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson, a fellow Dustin, is having a fundraiser for his much anticipated film “Robowoman.” This will be in the memory of his late producer Randy.
Here’s the touching post Dustin wrote on their go fund me page:
“Our friend and Producer on “RoboWoman” recently passed away during pre-production on the film. He financed our upcoming spectacular Special F/X by the talented Joe Castro (Wishmaster 4, Night of The Demons 3), but unfortunately he didn’t make it long enough to help see his film all the way to completion. He was our sole Producer on the movie as well as a friend to many people on the team. While we weren’t able to receive his remaining contribution in time, we all feel it’s important to see this film through so we can dedicate it in his memory. He was a huge part of getting this film off the ground, and it wouldn’t have been possible without his selfless aid. Previously, he had financed the majority of “Nemesis 5”, which had a recent red carpet awards sweep (“Best Director”, “Best Film – Science Fiction”, “Best Actress” and “Best Actor”) and he was there to experience it in person, confirming his faith in the future success of our next project together, “RoboWoman”.
There was only $3000 left from his contribution, so if you can find it in your hearts to help contribute a small amount so we can atleast reach that goal, we will have the minimum we need to finish the film he helped us start, which is planned to resume production on November 8th, 2018″.
Dirty D “California Bitches” has a full album preview out! Hear a sample from ALL 10 tracks on his upcoming solo debut! Features 5 original songs and 5 remixes from several talented people like Jason Joe King, Steven OLaf, Matt Jordan and Nathan Christensen, including “You Don’t Know Me” with “Double Gee” aka Augusto Gómez. Pre-order your CD today, ships on 10/16/18! It’s $15 for the US and $25 outside the country.
Dirty D aka Dustin Ferguson is a prolific, hard-working and talented filmmaker who has owned and operated several film distribution and production companies, including 42ND Street Films and Sinister Studios.He has directed over 50 features to date, including such notable films as “Camp Blood 4 & 5,” “Silent Night, Bloody Night 2,” which was a sequel of Theodore Gershuny’s film starring Jennifer Runyon Corman (“Ghostbusters,””A Very Brady Sequel”) who happens to be Roger Corman’s real life niece. He is also the editor of “Sleepaway Camp IV” and was asked to direct an “alternate ending to “Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers,” which had been included on the official blu-ray release from Shout! Factory.Dustin has also produced and directed over 80 music videos, and has contracted with Wild Eye Releasing to produce “The Amityville Legacy,””Amityville: Evil Never Dies,” the latter starring Mark Patton (“A Nightmare on Elm Street 2″) and Helen Udy (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”,”My Bloody Valentine”). After mastering the world of horror with ghosts and goblins, this talented filmmaker switched gears with sci-fi with robots and cyborgs by teaming up with legendary filmmaker Albert Pyun on” Nemesis 5: The New Model,” which also starred Sue Price (“Nemesis 2, 3, and 4”). Ferguson is in pre-production for the much anticipated new sci-fi film “Robowoman” starring Dawna Lee Heising (“Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance”), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s “Game of Death”,”An Eye for An Eye” opposite Chuck Norris) and Aki Aleong (“Walker,Texas Ranger”,”V the series”). Dustin is also the cinematographer of the upcoming documentary, “What An Institution: The Story of Police Academy.”
Ferguson has remade “Die Sister, Die!” from Director Randall Hood with 80’s scream queen Brinke Stevens (“Slumber Party Massacre”,”The Haunting Fear”). He also directed several remakes of Todd Jason Cook’s films including “Demon Dolls” ,”Night of the Clown,” and “The Dummy 2.” If all this wasn’t enough, he directed the sequels, “Camp Blood 4” and “Camp Blood 5” to David Sterling’s popular direct-to-video series “Camp Blood.”
Most recently Ferguson has been granted the rights to remake Umberto Lenzi’s “Ghosthouse.” The original film was re-branded overseas as “La Casa 3,” a move made by distributors to connect it to the “Evil Dead” series by Sam Raimi. “La Casa 4” and “La Casa 5” would follow, neither of which was connected to “Ghosthouse” or “Evil Dead.” The remake is set to star Paul “Pinhead” Taylor from “Hellraiser: Judgement” in the role of the Grim Reaper.
Aside from these many “franchise” sequels and remakes, Ferguson has also launched several of his own film series, including “Meathook Massacre 1-3,” “Silly Scaries 1 and 2”,”Terror at Black Tree Forest” and its’ two sequels, “Tales For the Campfire 1 and 2,” a documentary series called “Penny Pinchers” and the quasi-official sequel to 1988’s “Cheerleader Camp” titled “Cheerleader Camp: To the Death” for New Wave Films.
His latest project, “Horndog’s Beach Party,” reunites him with scream queens Stevens and Lee Heising as well as Troy Fromin (Ox from “Saved by the Bell”) and Vida Ghaffari (“The Mindy Project”,”Jimmy Kimmel Live”). Dustin was recently bestowed with Best Director Awards by the Nollywood Awards and the Lucky Strikes Films Festival for his work on “Nemesis 5: The New Model.”
What An Institution: The Story of Police Academy is a feature length documentary on the legacy of Police Academy and its sequels . The popular Police Academy movies were a mainstay in the comedy genre of the 1980s and early 1990s with the first film being released in 1984 and spawning 6 sequels.
Celebs interviewed for the doc are Leslie Easterbrook, Bobcat Goldthwait, Rene Auberjonois, Michael Winslow, G.W. Bailey, Marion Ramsey, Shawn Weatherly, Julie Brown and many others.
This doc is directed by Gary Smart and was written by Smart and Phillip Falkner. The producers are Adam Evans, Adam F. Goldberg, Chris Griffiths, Michael Perez and Smart. Sean Schafer Hennessy is the composer and Dustin Ferguson is the cinematographer. This film is edited by Nicholas F. Helmsley.
Check out the extended 10- minute preview of the documentary here:
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) – ELKS DAP (Drug Awareness Program), the nation’s largest all volunteer drug education group, and the DEA, released a national awareness video “A Single Moment Matters” as a powerful campaign to bring awareness to the long-term effects of drugs. The video premiered on SMOSH, the largest digital comedy brand in the world, and was created in partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.
ELKS DAP (Drug Awareness program) and the DEA create new video in partnership with SMOSH and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. Photo by Defy Media[/caption]
The video is available on SMOSH’s hugely popular SMOSH Pit YouTube channel starting on October 4th2018, along with additional content running on SMOSH’s Twitter & Instagram pages using the hashtag #ElksDAP. Viewers can watch the full video or a short overview using the following links:
The drug awareness video is created to show how easily a single moment in your life can put you on a path to drug addiction and severe consequences in your life. The video is shot using popular SMOSH talent. In the video the SMOSH cast members Courtney Miller, Keith Leak Jr., and Noah Grossman are thrust into a situation in which, unbeknownst to them, they will meet an alternate version of themselves and see what life could have been like for them had they gone down a different path. The stories show how easy it can be to slip into an addiction, with one story showing how Noah had become addicted to drugs after an accident.
Celebrity make-up artists helped depict the physical effects of various narcotics and prescription drugs on the young SMOSH talent to create a real-life before and after transformation of the actors, leading to dramatic and emotional reactions as they see themselves in these devastating situations. The video shows the shocking effects each drug has had on them and in each case the SMOSH actors struggle to grasp what they are seeing. The experience is shocking and genuinely emotional as they see their own reality recreated in such a dramatic and devastating way.
The video is produced by SMOSH, in partnership with ELKS DAP, the DEA and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment joined as a producing partner and was passionate about the project as co-founder Stan Lee has been including real-life issues in his superhero characters since the 1970’s. In 1971, Stan Lee was asked to include an anti-drug story line in the Spider-Man comics while at Marvel and now in 2018, Stan Lee and his company, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, continue this tradition by partnering with YouTube sensation SMOSH, the DEA and the nation’s largest all-volunteer drug awareness program ELKS DAP to create a very special anti-drug video for release on the SMOSH Pit YouTube Channel.